Qarase was the Chair, Iloilovatu was the President of NLTB. The latter benefited more from NLTB was Iloilovatu because all his medicine are paid for by NLTB and these costs thousands every month just to keep him alive………….plus his lease income are always paid in advance because the bitch up at Government House controlled all the money. He just signs on the dotted line.
At the end of the day, the action of the Board ends with the President of the Board (Iloilo). He is the chief custodian of the NLTB seal which goes on any legal document approved by the board.
The day to day function is managed by Bakani and supported by his two deputies. There is a Board standing committee chaird by Tu’uakitau and included Nemani Buresova, Keni Dakuidreketi, Vesikula and Ro Mataitini that makes most instant decision outside the ambit of power of the executive management.
In other words, if heads should roll, Iloilo should go first, then Qarase (the two titular heads), then the Board standing committee should also go for they make most of the decisions and really scrutinise and the executive management as well.
It was right for Bakani to go as he was the brain and instigator of the Ballu Khan deal. Semi Tukana offered a cheaper IT alternative that was within the affordability level of NLTB but Ballu being a kaidia also threw in the joint venture carrot.
Bakani’s deputy Joveci Tuinamuana, as head of corporate services should also go (he is now acting GM) as he would have scrutinise all the numbers and also made his contribution to the viability of the project. After all he is the only chartered accountant among the staffs. Mojito Mua should go as he was the project manager of the Connex project.
Now that finishes off Vanua Development.
In terms of the Board, because of their rubber stamping of the deal and giving Pacific Connex the go ahead, they have failed in their fiduciary duties and should also be kicked out. These are Vesikula, Dakuidreketi and Cokanauto.
Dakuidreketi should have done the honourable thing long before and resign from NLTB Board because of his conflict of interest. I cannot understand how the man could sit there and discuss issues such as the Natadola Tourism development project when his company is actively involved in it with it effecting is conscious. He has also done numerous valuations of NLTB properties while being a sitting member of the Board. Now you can see how he just went quietly when asked to go by NLTB.
When it comes to land issues, i.e. real estate, or the main operational mandate of the Board, the buck stops with Bakani and Semi Tabakanalagi, his other deputy. Since Bakani is not a real estate person, then his decisions would be based on whatever Semi feeds him, or Semi’s uncle Ilaitia Caginavanua (the currently suspended Reserves Commissioner).
In a nut shell, forensic accountants should have been brought in straight after Qarikau’s reign instead of trying to sweep everything under the carpet.
As for what the IG government is doing. Their so called investigation of NLTB. They would not know anything about corruption at NLTB even if it gives them a blow job. One have to understand that the rot at NLTB needs the work of forensic accountants and fraud investigators, not Colonels or self proclaimed, self appointed no school land experts consultants like Batibasaga. Nor that auditor from Ministry of Finance whatever his name is. Auditors are not forensic accountants.
Forensic Accountants and Fraud Investigators, do not exist in Fiji. There was never any forensic accountant in Fiji. Whenever a need arises, the accounting firms would source one from overseas. As to police fraud investigators, I think that ketebona police commissioner has fired them all or in the process of doing that last I checked.